Fracking Inquiry EDOWA Submission March 19

On 19 March 2018, EDOWA lodged a detailed submission to the Independent Scientific Panel Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in Western Australia 2017 (Fracking Inquiry). Our submission focused on the third item of the Fracking Inquiry’s Terms of Reference: regulatory mechanisms that may be employed to mitigate or minimise risks to an acceptable level. It outlines the legal and regulatory regime as it would apply to fracking activities in Western Australia under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 (WA) and the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA), highlights the inadequacy and issues associated with these regimes, and provides 41 recommendations for improvement. In making this submission we made it clear that we did not endorse fracking (even if the regulatory regime was improved), and that the State should be focusing on investing in renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.